El Greco Museum
This small museum in Fodele, which is dedicated to one of Greece’s greatest artists, El Greco, is housed in a renovated stone residence that is believed (probably erroneously) to have been El Greco's home before he left for Heraklion.
It contains many copies of his better-known works, as well as a reconstruction of his studio.
Domenikos Theotokopoulos (1541 – 1641) was schooled in Byzantine art on his island of birth and became acquainted with Western art through copies of etchings and through paintings by Renaissance artists, which historical sources prove were seen in Heraklion at that time.
In 1566 or 1567 he left for Venice, where it is believed he apprenticed beside Titan, before moving on, in 1576-77, to Toledo, Spain where he settled permanently.
El Greco, which was the name Theotokopoulos signed his work with in Spain, lived for years with his common-law wife, Jeronima de las Cuevas (it is believed that she is depicted in the portrait Woman with Ermine) and had a son by her, Jorge Manuel, who also went on to become a very well-respected artist.
El Greco became an instant success in Toledo and was very soon receiving hundreds of commissions by church foundations and private churches for icons, as well as for portraits of distinguished personages.
His opus as a whole is considered one of the greatest artistic achievements of the time.
Countless studies by art historians reveal how he married Byzantine artistic tradition with the trends that emerged from the Venetian studios of the Renaissance, while also borrowing elements from Mannerism and Spanish Mysticism.
In Greece, works by Domenikos Theotokopoulos are on display in Athens (at the National Portrait Gallery and the Benaki Museum), on Syros (at the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin) and at Heraklion (at "Historical Museum of Crete").
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Domenikos Theotokopoulos Museum - Fodele
Phone: 2810-521.500, 2810-823.388
Daily from April 1 to October 31: 09:00-17:00